April 22, 2014

KIKO MAKE UP MILANO Review (Infinity Eyeshadow Clics System and Palette, Nail Polish, Eyebrow Marker, Water Eyeshadow and Smart Lipstick)


KIKO MAKE UP MILANO Nail Lacquer and Quick Dry Nail Polish in 281 Mango, 389 Cerulean, 850 Mint Milk, 834 Golden Tiffany, Water Eyeshadow 04 Burgundy, Smart Lipstick 923 Peony Purple, 850 Cerulean vs Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Pacific Blue dupe, CLICS System Build Your Own Customizable Palette, Infinity Eyeshadows, 246 Pearly Dark Wisteria, 236 Pearly Champagne, 212 Pearly Hazelnut, Infinity + Sparkle Eyeshadow 402 Chocolate, Haul, International Beauty Italian Make Up Nail Polish European Review
Obviously I went shopping for make up while in Italy. I researched Italian make up brands amidst all my trip preparation and art history reviews and preemptive dieting. Not getting fucked out of owning some Europe exclusive make up was at the top of my to do list. I found the perfect brand to try after scouring blogs and message boards - KIKO MAKE UP MILANO. I'm not yelling, the name is spelled in all caps. KIKO fit the bill in every way possible. Relatively cheap, even with the American dollar to Euro conversion - check. A wide range of unique products - check. A popular chain of stores available in every city I was visiting - check. KIKO actually has locations all over Europe

Now, trust, I didn't go into these stores blind and I'm grateful for that. I went to two KIKO locations, one in Florence and one in Rome, and both were teeny stores that were packed with people. These stores were also really the only places I went in all of Italy where English speaking employees weren't around. That's fine because obviously you're in Italy and they're going to speak Italian but it's just something to keep in mind. Luckily, KIKO uses a numerical system for their products so that I wasn't hunting through Italian signage AND product names. Still, I was super grateful that I went in as I did which was with a concrete list of things that I wanted with their names and numbers so I wasn't trying to find something good in the clusterfuck that was those stores. I made very few impulsive purchases and I definitely ended up making good use of my money. You're so overwhelmed by choice in the stores and I know I would have listened to the siren song of some products without even knowing they were awful had I not looked everything up beforehand.

The product I was most excited to purchase is KIKO's Water Eyeshadow. It's a single eyeshadow that's meant to be used wet to really bring out the pigmentation. Not only that but the pan has a beautiful wave design to mimic water. I decided on the color 04 Burgundy.

KIKO MAKE UP MILANO Nail Lacquer and Quick Dry Nail Polish in 281 Mango, 389 Cerulean, 850 Mint Milk, 834 Golden Tiffany, Water Eyeshadow 04 Burgundy, Smart Lipstick 923 Peony Purple, 850 Cerulean vs Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Pacific Blue dupe, CLICS System Build Your Own Customizable Palette, Infinity Eyeshadows, 246 Pearly Dark Wisteria, 236 Pearly Champagne, 212 Pearly Hazelnut, Infinity + Sparkle Eyeshadow 402 Chocolate, Haul, International Beauty Italian Make Up Nail Polish European ReviewKIKO MAKE UP MILANO Nail Lacquer and Quick Dry Nail Polish in 281 Mango, 389 Cerulean, 850 Mint Milk, 834 Golden Tiffany, Water Eyeshadow 04 Burgundy, Smart Lipstick 923 Peony Purple, 850 Cerulean vs Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Pacific Blue dupe, CLICS System Build Your Own Customizable Palette, Infinity Eyeshadows, 246 Pearly Dark Wisteria, 236 Pearly Champagne, 212 Pearly Hazelnut, Infinity + Sparkle Eyeshadow 402 Chocolate, Haul, International Beauty Italian Make Up Nail Polish European Review

KIKO MAKE UP MILANO Nail Lacquer and Quick Dry Nail Polish in 281 Mango, 389 Cerulean, 850 Mint Milk, 834 Golden Tiffany, Water Eyeshadow 04 Burgundy, Smart Lipstick 923 Peony Purple, 850 Cerulean vs Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Pacific Blue dupe, CLICS System Build Your Own Customizable Palette, Infinity Eyeshadows, 246 Pearly Dark Wisteria, 236 Pearly Champagne, 212 Pearly Hazelnut, Infinity + Sparkle Eyeshadow 402 Chocolate, Haul, International Beauty Italian Make Up Nail Polish European Review
I have beef with this packaging, unfortunately. I absolutely love the swirl design in the pan and hated to ruin it with the brush. However, I almost ruin the whole product every time by throwing it at the wall while trying to open the fucking case. I have no idea why but it's impossible to pry open. It always takes me several tries. It might have something to do with the fact that the bottom part under the closure is smaller than the top. I have no idea what kind of black magic is involved. I just know that I hate it.

KIKO MAKE UP MILANO Nail Lacquer and Quick Dry Nail Polish in 281 Mango, 389 Cerulean, 850 Mint Milk, 834 Golden Tiffany, Water Eyeshadow 04 Burgundy, Smart Lipstick 923 Peony Purple, 850 Cerulean vs Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Pacific Blue dupe, CLICS System Build Your Own Customizable Palette, Infinity Eyeshadows, 246 Pearly Dark Wisteria, 236 Pearly Champagne, 212 Pearly Hazelnut, Infinity + Sparkle Eyeshadow 402 Chocolate, Haul, International Beauty Italian Make Up Nail Polish European Review
I'll deal with it for the sake of this gorgeous, multi dimensional shadow, though. The top swatch is wet, as KIKO intends for the product to be used, and the bottom is dry. Both are swatched over LORAC primer. Definitely a special and unique product.

KIKO MAKE UP MILANO Nail Lacquer and Quick Dry Nail Polish in 281 Mango, 389 Cerulean, 850 Mint Milk, 834 Golden Tiffany, Water Eyeshadow 04 Burgundy, Smart Lipstick 923 Peony Purple, 850 Cerulean vs Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Pacific Blue dupe, CLICS System Build Your Own Customizable Palette, Infinity Eyeshadows, 246 Pearly Dark Wisteria, 236 Pearly Champagne, 212 Pearly Hazelnut, Infinity + Sparkle Eyeshadow 402 Chocolate, Haul, International Beauty Italian Make Up Nail Polish European Review
Next up is KIKO's Eyebrow Marker, one of two impulse purchases I made and the only real dud of my haul. I've been wanting a brow marker for awhile and I thought this would be the ticket. I love the color even though it's ever so slightly too dark for my brows but I don't really like the felt tip on this pen. It's a bit floppy so you get less of a controlled line and can end up with some mistakes.


KIKO MAKE UP MILANO Nail Lacquer and Quick Dry Nail Polish in 281 Mango, 389 Cerulean, 850 Mint Milk, 834 Golden Tiffany, Water Eyeshadow 04 Burgundy, Smart Lipstick 923 Peony Purple, 850 Cerulean vs Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Pacific Blue dupe, CLICS System Build Your Own Customizable Palette, Infinity Eyeshadows, 246 Pearly Dark Wisteria, 236 Pearly Champagne, 212 Pearly Hazelnut, Infinity + Sparkle Eyeshadow 402 Chocolate, Haul, International Beauty Italian Make Up Nail Polish European Review


Now on to the good shit. First up is KIKO's Smart Lipstick in the shade 923 Peony Purple.

KIKO MAKE UP MILANO Nail Lacquer and Quick Dry Nail Polish in 281 Mango, 389 Cerulean, 850 Mint Milk, 834 Golden Tiffany, Water Eyeshadow 04 Burgundy, Smart Lipstick 923 Peony Purple, 850 Cerulean vs Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Pacific Blue dupe, CLICS System Build Your Own Customizable Palette, Infinity Eyeshadows, 246 Pearly Dark Wisteria, 236 Pearly Champagne, 212 Pearly Hazelnut, Infinity + Sparkle Eyeshadow 402 Chocolate, Haul, International Beauty Italian Make Up Nail Polish European Review

KIKO MAKE UP MILANO Nail Lacquer and Quick Dry Nail Polish in 281 Mango, 389 Cerulean, 850 Mint Milk, 834 Golden Tiffany, Water Eyeshadow 04 Burgundy, Smart Lipstick 923 Peony Purple, 850 Cerulean vs Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Pacific Blue dupe, CLICS System Build Your Own Customizable Palette, Infinity Eyeshadows, 246 Pearly Dark Wisteria, 236 Pearly Champagne, 212 Pearly Hazelnut, Infinity + Sparkle Eyeshadow 402 Chocolate, Haul, International Beauty Italian Make Up Nail Polish European Review

KIKO MAKE UP MILANO Nail Lacquer and Quick Dry Nail Polish in 281 Mango, 389 Cerulean, 850 Mint Milk, 834 Golden Tiffany, Water Eyeshadow 04 Burgundy, Smart Lipstick 923 Peony Purple, 850 Cerulean vs Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Pacific Blue dupe, CLICS System Build Your Own Customizable Palette, Infinity Eyeshadows, 246 Pearly Dark Wisteria, 236 Pearly Champagne, 212 Pearly Hazelnut, Infinity + Sparkle Eyeshadow 402 Chocolate, Haul, International Beauty Italian Make Up Nail Polish European Review
Are you seeing this? I was really nervous about trying this color but I'm so glad I picked it up. It's the most perfect Pantone Radiant Orchid color that I've ever seen in a beauty product. It's very bold on the lips but fades slightly during the day to a slightly more subdued color that looks as pink as it is purple.

The picture I took of it on my lips is so bad but I'm going to post it anyway. I have this saved on my computer as DEADINTHEEYES.jpg because

KIKO MAKE UP MILANO Nail Lacquer and Quick Dry Nail Polish in 281 Mango, 389 Cerulean, 850 Mint Milk, 834 Golden Tiffany, Water Eyeshadow 04 Burgundy, Smart Lipstick 923 Peony Purple, 850 Cerulean vs Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Pacific Blue dupe, CLICS System Build Your Own Customizable Palette, Infinity Eyeshadows, 246 Pearly Dark Wisteria, 236 Pearly Champagne, 212 Pearly Hazelnut, Infinity + Sparkle Eyeshadow 402 Chocolate, Haul, International Beauty Italian Make Up Nail Polish European Review
So, there's that. But, I love this color. I wish I had bigger lips so I could feel more confident in bold shades but this purple is so pretty that I almost don't even care.

You know I bought nail polish at KIKO. You know I did. 

KIKO MAKE UP MILANO Nail Lacquer and Quick Dry Nail Polish in 281 Mango, 389 Cerulean, 850 Mint Milk, 834 Golden Tiffany, Water Eyeshadow 04 Burgundy, Smart Lipstick 923 Peony Purple, 850 Cerulean vs Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Pacific Blue dupe, CLICS System Build Your Own Customizable Palette, Infinity Eyeshadows, 246 Pearly Dark Wisteria, 236 Pearly Champagne, 212 Pearly Hazelnut, Infinity + Sparkle Eyeshadow 402 Chocolate, Haul, International Beauty Italian Make Up Nail Polish European Review
Swatches in sunlight: KIKO MAKE UP MILANO Nail Lacquer and Quick Dry Nail Polish in 281 Mango, 389 Cerulean, 850 Mint Milk, 834 Golden Tiffany
KIKO MAKE UP MILANO Nail Lacquer and Quick Dry Nail Polish in 281 Mango, 389 Cerulean, 850 Mint Milk, 834 Golden Tiffany, Water Eyeshadow 04 Burgundy, Smart Lipstick 923 Peony Purple, 850 Cerulean vs Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Pacific Blue dupe, CLICS System Build Your Own Customizable Palette, Infinity Eyeshadows, 246 Pearly Dark Wisteria, 236 Pearly Champagne, 212 Pearly Hazelnut, Infinity + Sparkle Eyeshadow 402 Chocolate, Haul, International Beauty Italian Make Up Nail Polish European Review
These shades from KIKO's main nail polish line are 281 Mango and 389 Mint Milk. I bought Mango because I have an appallingly low number of "traditional" nail polish. My boss has asked to borrow nail polish for two occassions. The first was for Madri Gras and she asked if I had "any" green or purple. I brought this giant bag full of probably close to 100 nail polishes in every shade and finish of purple or green imaginable. Then, she asked for a light pink for Easter and I had like... 20. I was hunting through my drawers being like, "Welp, okay, nothing demure and understated in here, uh huh, I see." I have barely any pinks and reds. The ones I DO have are my only almost empty polishes because I use them over and over for my toes exclusively. So, this bold jellyish coral is my attempt to stick a toe in more demure polish waters. I really did try.

KIKO MAKE UP MILANO Nail Lacquer and Quick Dry Nail Polish in 281 Mango, 389 Cerulean, 850 Mint Milk, 834 Golden Tiffany, Water Eyeshadow 04 Burgundy, Smart Lipstick 923 Peony Purple, 850 Cerulean vs Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Pacific Blue dupe, CLICS System Build Your Own Customizable Palette, Infinity Eyeshadows, 246 Pearly Dark Wisteria, 236 Pearly Champagne, 212 Pearly Hazelnut, Infinity + Sparkle Eyeshadow 402 Chocolate, Haul, International Beauty Italian Make Up Nail Polish European Review
KIKO MAKE UP MILANO 281 Mango with OPI Crown Me Already!

KIKO MAKE UP MILANO Nail Lacquer and Quick Dry Nail Polish in 281 Mango, 389 Cerulean, 850 Mint Milk, 834 Golden Tiffany, Water Eyeshadow 04 Burgundy, Smart Lipstick 923 Peony Purple, 850 Cerulean vs Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Pacific Blue dupe, CLICS System Build Your Own Customizable Palette, Infinity Eyeshadows, 246 Pearly Dark Wisteria, 236 Pearly Champagne, 212 Pearly Hazelnut, Infinity + Sparkle Eyeshadow 402 Chocolate, Haul, International Beauty Italian Make Up Nail Polish European Review
 KIKO MAKE UP MILANO 389 Mint Milk and 850 Cerulean with OPI Crown Me Already! in Florence

Mint Milk is completely not demure. It's a really vibrant mint, almost like a creamy neon mint. I absolutely love it. I liked wearing it paired with 850 Cerulean, a vibrant cornflower blue that's kind of the lighter toned sister of Sally Hansen's Pacific Blue.

KIKO MAKE UP MILANO Nail Lacquer and Quick Dry Nail Polish in 281 Mango, 389 Cerulean, 850 Mint Milk, 834 Golden Tiffany, Water Eyeshadow 04 Burgundy, Smart Lipstick 923 Peony Purple, 850 Cerulean vs Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Pacific Blue dupe, CLICS System Build Your Own Customizable Palette, Infinity Eyeshadows, 246 Pearly Dark Wisteria, 236 Pearly Champagne, 212 Pearly Hazelnut, Infinity + Sparkle Eyeshadow 402 Chocolate, Haul, International Beauty Italian Make Up Nail Polish European Review
KIKO MAKE UP MILANO Quick Dry Nail Lacquer in 850 Cerulean and Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Pacific Blue
KIKO MAKE UP MILANO Nail Lacquer and Quick Dry Nail Polish in 281 Mango, 389 Cerulean, 850 Mint Milk, 834 Golden Tiffany, Water Eyeshadow 04 Burgundy, Smart Lipstick 923 Peony Purple, 850 Cerulean vs Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Pacific Blue dupe, CLICS System Build Your Own Customizable Palette, Infinity Eyeshadows, 246 Pearly Dark Wisteria, 236 Pearly Champagne, 212 Pearly Hazelnut, Infinity + Sparkle Eyeshadow 402 Chocolate, Haul, International Beauty Italian Make Up Nail Polish European Review
 850 Cerulean and 834 Golden Tiffany are the final two colors I purchased. Both of these colors were the "Quick Dry" line but I didn't notice any significant difference in their dry time as compared to KIKO's regular line.

KIKO MAKE UP MILANO Nail Lacquer and Quick Dry Nail Polish in 281 Mango, 389 Cerulean, 850 Mint Milk, 834 Golden Tiffany, Water Eyeshadow 04 Burgundy, Smart Lipstick 923 Peony Purple, 850 Cerulean vs Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Pacific Blue dupe, CLICS System Build Your Own Customizable Palette, Infinity Eyeshadows, 246 Pearly Dark Wisteria, 236 Pearly Champagne, 212 Pearly Hazelnut, Infinity + Sparkle Eyeshadow 402 Chocolate, Haul, International Beauty Italian Make Up Nail Polish European Review
 Golden Tiffany does look a bit better in the bottle. It's one of those attempted Tiffany box blue green colors infused with a warm golden shimmer. Unfortunately, it's formula was on the sheerer side.
 KIKO MAKE UP MILANO Nail Lacquer and Quick Dry Nail Polish in 281 Mango, 389 Cerulean, 850 Mint Milk, 834 Golden Tiffany, Water Eyeshadow 04 Burgundy, Smart Lipstick 923 Peony Purple, 850 Cerulean vs Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Pacific Blue dupe, CLICS System Build Your Own Customizable Palette, Infinity Eyeshadows, 246 Pearly Dark Wisteria, 236 Pearly Champagne, 212 Pearly Hazelnut, Infinity + Sparkle Eyeshadow 402 Chocolate, Haul, International Beauty Italian Make Up Nail Polish European Review

KIKO MAKE UP MILANO Nail Lacquer and Quick Dry Nail Polish in 281 Mango, 389 Cerulean, 850 Mint Milk, 834 Golden Tiffany, Water Eyeshadow 04 Burgundy, Smart Lipstick 923 Peony Purple, 850 Cerulean vs Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Pacific Blue dupe, CLICS System Build Your Own Customizable Palette, Infinity Eyeshadows, 246 Pearly Dark Wisteria, 236 Pearly Champagne, 212 Pearly Hazelnut, Infinity + Sparkle Eyeshadow 402 Chocolate, Haul, International Beauty Italian Make Up Nail Polish European Review
 This is the second impulse purchase I made from KIKO. I bought these travel nail polish removing wipes out of necessity and I absolutely love them. I'm completely and utterly devastated that I won't be able to get my hands on another package in the states. The remover took a bit of scrubbing to work but it felt more like a lemon scented cuticle oil than traditional chemical scented, drying nail polish remover. The package contained 15 ready to use little pads and I'm going to be hoarding the remainder of mine. These were so much more worry free to travel with than regular nail polish remover which I didn't bring in the first place because I was worried about it leaking and staining the contents of my luggage. AKA why I had to impulse purchase these wipes. We've come full circle.

My final purchase is the best: a build your own eyeshadow quad. KIKO makes eyeshadows for something they call a CLICS System which is a customizable palette.

KIKO MAKE UP MILANO Nail Lacquer and Quick Dry Nail Polish in 281 Mango, 389 Cerulean, 850 Mint Milk, 834 Golden Tiffany, Water Eyeshadow 04 Burgundy, Smart Lipstick 923 Peony Purple, 850 Cerulean vs Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Pacific Blue dupe, CLICS System Build Your Own Customizable Palette, Infinity Eyeshadows, 246 Pearly Dark Wisteria, 236 Pearly Champagne, 212 Pearly Hazelnut, Infinity + Sparkle Eyeshadow 402 Chocolate, Haul, International Beauty Italian Make Up Nail Polish European Review
You purchase the palette itself separately from the little eyeshadows which come as pans with a flimsy little plastic lid. You can purchase a case in a single version or as a palette with 3, 4, 9 or 24 slots for shadows.  The system is more similar to buying MAC shadows in pans than to other systems like Urban Decay's because the eyeshadows definitely wouldn't store well without you purchasing their own casing. The shadows click in easily enough but take a bit more wiggling to remove. I have a problem with the fact that there's no mirror inside the palette. The plastic feels kind of cheap as well but it feels like I got what I paid for. The price for the palette itself was £4.90 which isn't bad even in terms of American dollars. Additonally, the eyeshadows are much bigger than any others that I've ever seen. Unfortunately, they only hold about .07 oz worth of product which is even less than a Nyx eyeshadow. It seems like they make the pans huge but extremely shallow which is kind of a bummer because it dupes you into thinking you're getting more bang for your buck.

KIKO MAKE UP MILANO Nail Lacquer and Quick Dry Nail Polish in 281 Mango, 389 Cerulean, 850 Mint Milk, 834 Golden Tiffany, Water Eyeshadow 04 Burgundy, Smart Lipstick 923 Peony Purple, 850 Cerulean vs Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Pacific Blue dupe, CLICS System Build Your Own Customizable Palette, Infinity Eyeshadows, 246 Pearly Dark Wisteria, 236 Pearly Champagne, 212 Pearly Hazelnut, Infinity + Sparkle Eyeshadow 402 Chocolate, Haul, International Beauty Italian Make Up Nail Polish European Review
KIKO MAKE UP MILANO Nail Lacquer and Quick Dry Nail Polish in 281 Mango, 389 Cerulean, 850 Mint Milk, 834 Golden Tiffany, Water Eyeshadow 04 Burgundy, Smart Lipstick 923 Peony Purple, 850 Cerulean vs Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Pacific Blue dupe, CLICS System Build Your Own Customizable Palette, Infinity Eyeshadows, 246 Pearly Dark Wisteria, 236 Pearly Champagne, 212 Pearly Hazelnut, Infinity + Sparkle Eyeshadow 402 Chocolate, Haul, International Beauty Italian Make Up Nail Polish European Review

KIKO MAKE UP MILANO Nail Lacquer and Quick Dry Nail Polish in 281 Mango, 389 Cerulean, 850 Mint Milk, 834 Golden Tiffany, Water Eyeshadow 04 Burgundy, Smart Lipstick 923 Peony Purple, 850 Cerulean vs Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Pacific Blue dupe, CLICS System Build Your Own Customizable Palette, Infinity Eyeshadows, 246 Pearly Dark Wisteria, 236 Pearly Champagne, 212 Pearly Hazelnut, Infinity + Sparkle Eyeshadow 402 Chocolate, Haul, International Beauty Italian Make Up Nail Polish European Review
I love the shadows themselves. These are swatched over LORAC primer. From left to right in the swatches and from top to bottom left to right in the palette:

Infinity Eyeshadows
246 Pearly Dark Wisteria
236 Pearly Champagne
212 Pearly Hazelnut

Infinity + Sparkle Eyeshadow
402 Chocolate

KIKO's biggest let down was that I had to go in with the knowledge that their Infinity+ Sparkle Eyeshadows sucked. I read it all over the internet but bought one anyway and you can see the pigmentation is nowhere near as good as the regular Infinity eyeshadows. The Infinity+ Sparkle shadows cost €2 more than the regular ones, too. You know it's bad if I'm telling you to skip something with sparkle in the name but it's really just not worth it. The regular shadows are nicely pigmented and give intense color payoff over primer. They're very buildable - these swatches have two pulls of color to give it the intensity that I wanted. I particularly love the purple color. 

KIKO also had a gorgeous premade burgundy toned palette but I skipped it in favor of building my own customized palette with their CLICS System. I loved having the freedom to exclusively purchase colors I liked and that I knew had the best pigmentation. I didn't have any shades like this in my collection before and the shades probably would have never been grouped together in a premade palette.

I love every product I purchased from KIKO MAKE UP MILANO with the exception of the brow marker. I recommend stopping in if you take a trip to Europe. I paid less than £5 for every product aside from the Water Eyeshadow so this is a relatively inexpensive way to pick up a souvenir. KIKO has a website that delivers to several European countries including the UK if you happen to already live across the pond. I recommend stopping in and grabbing some of these adorable Italian beauty products for yourself if you ever have the opportunity. 

Apparently, KIKO is also opening up stores in 'merica!! The first store is located in Paramus, New Jersey OBVIOUSLY because who wouldn't premiere in the greatest state in the union? Just goes to show how dope this brand truly is. KIKO forever.

2 comments:

  1. The eyeshadows and nail polishes are absolutely gorgeous! On a side note, how do you like the Lorac primer? I've been in the market for a new primer and I'm not quite sure what I want to try next.

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    1. It's just okay. It can get kind of cakey at times. I much prefer Urban Decay Primer Potion and Too Faced.

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